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Toshiba satellite a205-s5831 Received kernel data error. Hard drive has clicking noises. Programs ran slow. Chkdsk running now for over 15 hours and only on 11%..preplacing bad clusters.

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When a harddrive starts clicking it's on it's way out.
Buy a new harddrive and at the same time get a USB to laptop harddrive adapter. You can reinstall XP with the recovery disks that came with your machine ans then slave your old drive to your laptop and recover your personal files.
If you really want to get technicalbuy an Apricorn housing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817155602
And two new harddrives, fit one new harddrive to the Apricorn housing and try to install the EZgig cloning software to your dying Windows. You can clone your existing Windows install to the new harddrive in the Apricorn housing and then move that drive to your laptop, the second new harddrive can then be fitted to the Apricorn housing and used as an external harddrive.
EZgig comes with the Apricorn housing and you could even go so far as to create a clone of your Windows install to the new external harddrive. The Apricorn housings are excellent, they are small enough to carry in your laptop case and all they need for power is a USB port.

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Computer is running so slow that it is impossible to open or close any application. I tried using Restore option but this ends in error. I was going to format and reload everything but need drivers IF ...


try uninstalling a few unnecessary programs click start control panel add remove programs/uninstall programs this will vary depending on your operating system

then click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f this should schedule to happen on reboot which will scan for and attempt to recover bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive
do not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input might damage your hard drive
another way of doing this is

click start control panel administrative tools computer management disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start tick in both boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now start should schedule this task when restart
do not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer

then click start all programs accessories system tools defragment your hard drive
scroll to the bottom toolbar (bottom of screen) right click you can select task manager applications also processes you will see whats running on your computer (ticking over) you might have virus slowing your computer also select users you will see who is using your computer

this will free up space and speed up your computer although installing more ram might be the best option of speeding a computer up

hope this helps you


Oct 14, 2011 | Gateway 500GR PC Desktop

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Coping with and avoiding Hard Drive Volume Bit-map Errors


If your computer "locks up" or reboots itself, the problem is frequently lost or corrupted files on your hard drive. Most of the time the problem can be corrected by running chkdsk. However, one of the exceptions is when chkdsk reports that the hard drive has volume bitmap errors.<br /> To run chkdsk, click on Start, All Programs, Accessories and Command Prompt. This will open a "DOS Box" where you can enter DOS commands without the results scrolling off the screen before you can read them. Then key in chkdsk C: (assuming that drive C is the letter of the hard drive where your operating system files and applications programs are stored).<br /> Chkdsk will run in the read-only mode and report (but not repair) problems found on your hard drive. Chkdsk will then ask you to run chkdsk with the F switch to fix the file system. Make a mental note whether or not chkdsk reported any problems with the volume bitmap, then key-in chkdsk C: /F <br /> You will get a message that the drive will be checked (and repaired) on the next system restart.<br /> Enter exit to close the DOS box and the restart your system. Chkdsk will run automatically when your system restarts. If no volume bitmap errors were noted earlier, chkdsk should have repaired the problems with the hard drive. You can verify this by opening another DOS Box and running chkdsk without the /F. However, if bit-map errors were reported initially, chances are they will still be there as chkdsk cannot repair them.<br /> If you still have volume bitmap errors, you can either take your PC to a professional who may be able to repair the volume bitmap with specialized software, or you can back-up all of your data, format the hard drive, and reload the operating system and all applications.<br /> A frequent cause of volume bitmap errors is cloning (copying) a hard drive with more than one partition to another (usually larger) hard drive. The partitions should be sized proportionately on the target drive but sometimes the partition sizes are not reported correctly in the partition table and sometimes in the master boot record. <br /> Avoid cloning drives with multiple partitions, or if you do, immediately run chkdsk on the target drive to check for bit-map errors.

on Oct 25, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Hard Drive Basics and Beyond Part2


The list is as follows

As of 2010, virtually all of the world's Hard Disk Drives are manufactured by just five large companies: Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung, and Toshiba.

Now to the Fun Stuff

Whether we are building our own computer, upgrading our existing PC or just adding an extra hard drive to increase storage, we usually rely entirely on Windows for maintenance and care of this new or old hard drive. That's not always as efficient or good as it sounds. If you have ever used the Windows defragment software to defrag your hard drive, you know just how tedious and long this process is. The Defrag program itself is not very intuitive and has very few adjustable parameters.

Defragmenting is good!

It is usually a good idea to download a non Windows defragmenter with more user friendly options such as quick defrag, data map (for seeing what chunks of data are being moved) or selectable defragment options which allow you to choose what to defragment. What you select as your program of choice is entirely up to you. Be advised, however. Microsoft has been
steadily working you away from having any control over how you
defragment your drive.

With each upgrade and revision of Windows, you see less and less of what is actually going on with your hard drive, which places all of your trust on a company most people know very little about.

If you are like me, your hardware is important to you, and you want to know more, not less about what may be going wrong with your equipment. Why defrag doesn't automatically run when your hard drive slows down due to severe fragmentation is a mystery I have never solved.
Your antivirus will stop a program from destroying data, your Desktop has an automatic cleanup wizard, and even your Email asks if you want to compact messages to save space. So why does Windows allow your hard drive to fragment itself to such a state that data loss can occur simply
because Windows can no longer remember where your files are stored?

Well, those problems won't be solved by wishful thinking, we have to take control and do this ourselves. Some good defragment programs will have a scheduler, and you will want to set this up to run at a time when you will not be busy on your PC. Remember to disable screensavers as this will slow down your defrag speed. Some antiviruses can do this as well, especially if they just happen to update you while the defragmenter is running. Essentially Any program that writes data to your hard drive while you are trying to defrag it will slow down your completion time, so turn it off.

Scandisk or Checkdisk

CHKDSK (short for Checkdisk) is a command on computers running DOS, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows operating systems that displays the file system integrity status of hard disks and floppy disk and can fix logical file system errors. It is similar to the fsck command in Unix.
On computers running NT-based versions of Windows, CHKDSK can also check the disk surface for physical errors or bad sectors, (an area of the disk that may have had a momentary head
crash) a task previously done by SCANDISK (for older versions of Windows such as, 95,98,ME).

This version of CHKDSK can also handle some physical errors and recover data that is still readable.

When do you run scandisk?

1. When data loss has occurred, typically when Windows cannot find a file.
2. When your computer can actually find the file, but takes forever getting there.
3. When your PC is using a hibernation file as well as system restore and cant restore properly.
4. When your PC continually starts up in safe mode.
5. When you get an error stating that Windows must shut down to prevent data loss.
6. After a virus is detected and cleaned.

Windows does not perform this check automatically or when an error occurs. In some instances such as several hard starts or crashes, Windows will offer to run the scandisk or start itself, but by then it is usually too late to actually do any good. While it may make you feel better that the Disk check program has started on it's own, and it appears that Windows is trying to protect you from data loss, the actual fact is that this is a last ditch effort for Windows to recover itself, not your data, but it's own startup files. If your data gets saved in the process, so much the better.

Alternately you can run Scandisk-Checkdisk in the Shell mode or dos type box.
CHKDSK can be run from the Windows Shell, the Windows Command Prompt or the Windows Recovery Console. One option for CHKDSK is the use of the Command-line/R parameter, which allows the program to repair damage it finds on the hard drive.
Conducting a CHKDSK can take some time, especially if using the /R parameter, and the results are often not visible, for various reasons. The results of a CHKDSK conducted on restart using Windows 2000 or later operating systems are written to the Application Log, with a "Source"
name of Wininit or Winlogon and can be viewed with the Event Viewer.

This method is usually your last line of defense and will only be offered in extreme situations where a boot failure has occurred.

A word on SFC (System File Checker)

Have you ever had a program fail to execute, then follow with a DLL error of some type? This is a handy way to restore that corrupt, missing or virus altered DLL, and it can be started in Windows.
By default, Windows File Protection is always enabled and allows Windows digitally signed files to replace existing files safely. Currently, signed files are distributed through:

# Windows Service Packs
# Hotfix distributions
# Operating system upgrades
# Windows Update
# Windows Device Manager

If you introduce a file replacement in any other way, Windows File protection will overwrite your file! An important part of Windows File Protection is the command line utility:

System File Checker (sfc.exe)

Use this utility when you suspect there may be a problem with a Windows XP system file. To do this simply go to the Run box on the Start Menu and type in: sfc /scannow.

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I get a norton warning that I have high cpu usage yet Im not running any programs.My computer is running slow and doing alot of clicking noises.I have 98% available free space on my hard drive and i...


1. Try disabling some of the Startup Programs.Press the "Windows" key on your keyboard and the "R" key at the same time. When the run dialog box comes up, type "msconfig" then press OK. The System Configuration Utility will open. Go to "Startup" tab, disable all startup programs, hit OK then restart computer.

2. Test if the computer still runs slow, if it doesn't try repeating the step 1, and re-enable the startup programs one by one or you can just check on the programs that you want to automatically start whenever you start Windows. These startup programs eats your computer resources which should have been used by the computer for processing instead.


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3. If you hear clicking noises from the computer it might be the computer's Hard Drive. Download and run a Hard Disk test. You can download Hard Drive Utilities from here - click this link

4. If the Hard Drive test fails then we will need to replace the Hard drive. If it passes run a full system scan using your Security software. The computer might be infected by a virus/malware which causes slow performance.

Hope this helps.

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Runing slow


try uninstalling a few unnecessary programs then click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/f which will automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then defragment your hard drive
hope this helps good luck

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I have a dell dimension 5100, 5 yrs old. The computer is very very slow and i would like to know how i can improve its speed. I did already programs as sweep and clean but it didn' t really help.


well several things can be done to increase the performance of your pc.

install da maximum amount of ram on ur pc.

install a secondary hard drive. save all data on da secondary hard drive. music, pics, videos etc.

uninstall all programs that you do not use

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How to repair corrupted directory on a computer


This was found on http://support.microsoft.com/kb/176646

WARNING: When Chkdsk detects problems with the file system and attempts to repair the damage, data loss can occur. Microsoft does not recommend running Chkdsk with the /f command-line switch unless you have a full backup of your hard disk.

Attempt to repair the damaged file, folder or file system index using Chkdsk. To do so, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type chkdsk /f <drive>:, where <drive> is the letter of the drive on which the damaged file, folder or file system index exists.
  3. Click OK.
NOTE: If the hard disk is large, Chkdsk may take several minutes to several hours to complete.

Jan 19, 2010 | Dell Dimension 4550 PC Desktop

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Slow system, hard disk problem?


First off, get any important data off NOW. If it took 48 hours for disk check to run AND it found bad clusters your hard drive is on it's way out. Consider yourself lucky that you are getting an early warning sign. Normally computers get slow for the following reasons.
1) Infected with malware/viruses. Run free programs available from (CNET) www.download.com. These include MalwareBytes, SPybot Search and Destroy, Adaware.
2) Computer hard drive is full or seriously fragmented. Try removing unneeded programs (especially pictures) and then attempt a defragmentation.
3) Hard disk failing or getting old. Sometimes this is due to environment. Smoky, dirty or dusty environments will eventually contribute to build up of heat inside the computer and excessive heat kills computers. Also hard drives are mechanical and they do wear out over time. Laptop drives take more abuse because they are moved around more than desktops. If they start getting noisy then it is time to prepare to replace it. If you haven't done it yet GET YOUR IMPORTANT DATA OFF NOW!!!!
4) Overclocked or over heated processors. Dust buildup in the cooling fans and heat sinks can cause the temperature to rise and when processors get heated up they slow down and evenyually crash.
5) Running out of memory. As our computers get older we keep adding programs and eventually (if we dont upgrade the memory) the computer runs out of memory.
So if I were in your shoes I would do the following:
1) make sure you have any important files copied off of that hard drive. You never know when it may crash so get them off now.
2) run some of the malware removal programs I suggested (if your hard drive has the available space for them) and also run your anti-virus program.
3) Remove unneeded files from the hard drive and then run the disk defragmentation tool. I once had a customer that had jammed her hard drive full of pictures and when it crashed it had no room to rebuild itself.
4) if all that does not improve the speed then see about getting an upgrade for the memory.

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I have an HP Pavillion zx500. This PC has slowed down to a point whaere I may as well ditch it and just buy a new PC. HELP


You should try doing some maintence on it. Basic cleaning that will free up space and speed up your system a bit. Here is what I recommend:

  1. Download and run this program: http://ccleaner.com - That will clean out all of your temporary internet files, history, etc. Along with temp. files from other programs. It also has an additional tool to clean out your registrey and fix issues concerning it. If you don't have a program that is already doing this , it should make a pretty nice diffrence on your system.
  2. Run anti-virus/anti-spyware (http://avg.com) - Download and run that program, there is a free version on the site , so no worries. This will rid of any pesky spyware that can be slowing your system down.
  3. Defragment the computer - Goto "Start" >> "All Programs" >> "Accessories" >> "System Tools" >>> "Disk Defragmenter" - That will clear up some space on your drive by moving files together.
  4. Run "chkdsk" - This checks your hard drive for errors , and fixes any there may be. Simply hit "Start" >> "Run" >> type "cmd" and hit "enter" >> In the black box type "chkdsk/f" and hit enter >> hit "Y" and enter >> restart computer
After doing all of this it is also a good idea to start activly backing up your computer. You never know how much your data is really worth till you lose it all! Just in case you have any system problems in the future. If you don't have full automatic backup software at the moment , give this software a shot. Not only does it backup your entire system, but it backs it up to a server so if your hard-drive crashes, your data is still intact on the server : Remote Data Backups

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Satellite Model A75 Computer crash continually unexpectedly - intermittent


Use chkdsk to check your Hard drive for errors.if this does not cure it. Save all your data and reinstall windows.

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